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Shallotte Aldermen May Annex
30 Acres Of Commercial Land
BY DOUG RUTTER
Six weeks after bringing 37 acres
of residential and commercial prop
erty into the town, Shallotte officials
are considering annexing another 30
acres of commercial land.
Property owners Jo Ann Simmons
and Jason Simmons are seeking an
nexation of three tracts, and town al
dermen indicated Tuesday night
they will grant the requests despite a
planning hoard recommendation to
deny one of them.
Jo Ann Simmons has asked for
annexation of two tracts, both of
which arc contiguous to the existing
town limits and have the support of
the town's planning Ixnuu.
One is a 1 4-acre tract just east of
town that stretches from Holden
Rrarh Rmd tn Main StTiCi. The Cth
er is a 9-acre tract at the north end of
town off the U.S. 17 bypass.
The planning board opposes an
nexation of Jason Simmons' 6.79
acre tract on Holden Beach Road
across from Alice T's restaurant and
adjacent to the Shallotte Moose
Lodge. It is not contiguous to the ex
isting town limits.
Planning board member Shirley
Waggoner -F.isenman said the board
based its recommendation on the
town's limited sewer system capaci
ty. the size of the sewer line serving
the area and the fact that it is not
"I think we would like to sec the
town grow properly and not go out
and do another satellite annexation,"
she said. "What we discussed on the
planning board was we would like
to see the town grow out to it."
Several years ago. Shallotte offi
cials approved the satellite annexa
tion of the property where Alice T's
is located. There are several tracts
that separate that property from the
rest of the town.
In recent years, aldermen have
generally agreed that the satellite an
nexation was a mistake they should
However, board members Carson
Durham and Bill Allen said Tuesday
that annexing the Jason Simmons
tract could be the first step in bring
ing more Holden Beach Road prop
erty into the town.
They said it doesn't make any dif
ference whether the town grows out
to the Simmons property or annexes
the tract and grows back toward the
rest of town.
Durham said the two-inch sewer
line that would serve the land is not
a problem and neither is the sewer
Over the last 12 months, Durham
said the town has generated an aver
age of 110,000 gallons of waste
water per day. The system capacity
is about 206,000 gallons per day.
"Sewer capacity Ls not a problem.
It's a long way from being a prob
lem," Durham said. "If we don't do
something with Shallottc and start
growing we got a problem."
Durham pointed out that the
urnc'jn! of w ost cw ate r puriipCu iO
the sewer plant each day has not
changed significantly in the last five
"Shallotte has not grown for
whatever reason and I'd like to see
that change." he said. "If I'm going
to err I want to erT on the side of
A public hearing on the annexa
tion requests is planned for Tuesday.
Aug. 2, at 7:15 p.m.
Mayor Sarah Tripp was absent
Tuesday night due to a death in the
family, and Alderman Roney Cheers
was out of town.
Shallottc 's thoroughfare plan will
be the topic of a joint meeting of the
board of aldermen and planning
board scheduled Aug. 2 from 4 p.m.
until 6 p.m.
Rick Blackwood of the N.C.
Department of Transportation's
statewide planning branch will help
develop the plan, which town offi
cials requested this spring.
Blackwood said Tuesday night
that the plan will help identify which
streets need to be widened in the fu
ture and where new streets will be
needed over the next 20 or 25 years.
He said thoroughfare plans are
used by state transportation officials
when they consider which projects
should be funded.
Blackwood said the plan can cov
er an area much larger than the town
limits of Shallotte. "We can make
this imaginary boundary as big as
you want," he said.
Cable I rk vision
Town board members Morris Hall
and Allen plan to meet with Atlantic
Telephone Membership Corp. offi
cials within the next couple of
weeks to discuss concerns with the
cable television service.
Graham Justice, a resident of
Brierwood Estates, came before the
town board Tuesday to complain
about the converter boxes that must
be used to receive cable television.
Without renting an extra convert
er box. Justice said it's impossible to
watch one television show and
videotape another. Also, TV sets
equipped with preview windows
cannot be used without an extra box.
"The chcnnc! be** red1** ?
up everything when you have video
or a scree n -on -scree n set," he said.
Shailoiic's cable TV franchise
agreement with Atlantic Telephone
expires next May. Justice suggested
the town ask ATMC to do away with
the boxes or consider switching to a
"I think it would be good to talk
to them (Atlantic Telephone) and a
couple other companies and sec
what they can give us that we're not
already getting," Alderman Hall
In other business Tuesday, alder
? Adopted a resolution authoriz
ing the mayor and town clerk to en
ter into a contract for a waterfront
access planning grant from the N.C.
Division of Coastal Management.
The grant is for 54,556 and requires
a match of $1,122 from the town.
? Scheduled a public hearing for
Tuesday, Aug. 9, at 7:20 p.m. on a
proposed Planned Unit Devel
opment (PUD) ordinance. Shal
lotte's planning board has been
working on the seven-page ordi
nance for the past year.
? Approved a bullet-resistant vest
policy for the police department, at
the request of Chief Rodney Cause.
All patrol officers will be required to
wear vests. The equipment will be
optional for detectives and vice and
Getting A Head Start On Her Career
Willa Rocna Johnson, daughter of
Sieve and Mora Johnson of Bolivia,
is among IS high school students se
lected to partici
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The Research Apprenticeship
Program brings selected students in
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They also are attending agricul
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Johnson is a student at South
Brunswick High School.
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Stricken Boat Uses Cell
Phone To Call For Help
The skipper of a boat disabled
near Shallotte Inlet used a cellular
telephone to call for help and was
rescued by a patrol boat from the
U.S. Coast Guard Station at Oak
Island last week, according to sta
tion chief BMCS J.D. Arndt.
At aboui 12:45 July 12, the sta
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from the vessel Spyder , reporting it
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could not respond to potential res
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Marine Assistance Radio Broadcast
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Spyder was taken into tow and
brought to the nearest safe haven, he
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at Georgetown, S.C., reporting a
boat disabled and overdue in the
Intracoastal Waterway off Ocean
Isle Beach. The female caller said
she had caught a ride with a passing
vessel duci lief boyfriend's boat
broke down, Arndt said.
Again, the disabled vessel had no
radio, so a MARB was not issued.
The station launched its 21 -foot fast
response inflatable boat to investi
gate. U provided assistance by tow
ing the stricken vessel to the nearest
tater that day, at about 8 p.m., the
station was called by the vessel
Wave Runner reporting itself dis
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Fear River Buoy No. 6.
Arndt said that a MARB was not
issued because a tugboat and barge
was bearing down on the boat. The
station's 21 -footer was launched and
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